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Old 01-17-2015, 01:10 AM   #1
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Default my hamster lost all her babies, now shes depressed

i have a golden hammy named ellie, she recently gave birth to 4 baby hammy. now the daddy is ellie's brother, i know its my fault for not seperating them but i didnt know that at 4 months they could mate. now, she gave birth to 4 babies, 3 didnt survive the first day, she ate them all for no reason but one survived, i was overjoyed, but just yesterday at 13 days old, the last baby died and ellie seems depressed, she didnt allow us to take the dead baby out, she kept bitting the baby like its alive and pull the baby back to her nest, we evetually got it out but now she seems depressed, doesnt eat unless i feed her by hand and she keeps making a nest and she rarely leave the nest, like she thinks she still has a baby, what do i do to get her to cheer up ??
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Old 01-17-2015, 01:43 AM   #2
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Default Re: my hamster lost all her babies, now shes depressed

That is a shame. I hope you now realise that you must never keep hamsters over 4 weeks together as they can and will mate with each other. The older pup likely had something wrong which was sadly why it was lost. It is common for them to die at this age due to being able to make the full transition to weaning if there is an internal bowel problem.
There would be a reason for Ellie to cull the litter. Number one reason is stress due to interferance from the owner. They must be left absolutely alone and just visited for food and water. We would never know how many pups a female has until they all have eyes open at 14-17 days when we would start handling them.
The second reason would be that mother detected something was wrong with the pups. This could be a genetic fault due to mating with her brother. Mother always knows best and we must respect her decision. They can detect things wrong inside pups and will cull them because they know that is right.
Another reason is that the mother is ill herself of has no milk. This happens with young mothers often. If they get mastitits (sore teats) it is painful for the pups to suckle and the milk is tainted and the pups may die. It is natural for a mother to dispose of dead pups by eating them.
Are you sure she has no pups left in the nest? Staying in there is a sign that there may be some left but also the symptoms are those of a hamster who is not feeling so well. If her behaviour is odd it is more likely she is not well and in this case I would feel I had to check the female for problems. You need to look for signs of and discharge from the vents, diaorrhoea, messy underneath, swollen belly, red or swollen teats and using a clean spoon rubbed in the bedding check the nest of any pups dead or alive. Dead ones should be removed with the spoon. If there are definitly none then clean out the whole cage and see a vet if there are any problems with mum. The cage clean will help her forget about the pup. Some mums do fret a bit but this should pass in 5-10 days or so.
Don't ever put her with any males again will you. It would be too much strain for her.
Sorry you lost the pups but hope mum recovers well now.

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Old 01-17-2015, 04:17 AM   #3
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Poor Ellie I'm so sorry this happened to her. Souffle has given some great advice though!
Let us know how she gets on
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Old 01-17-2015, 04:26 AM   #4
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Aww that's a shame, some great advice from souffle
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Old 01-18-2015, 01:02 AM   #5
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So sorry to hear that.
Some great advice from Souffle.
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